recruitment - placements (1200 x 628 px) (3)

Student placement – Counselling

We are pleased to announce that we now have placements available to counselling / psychotherapy students starting in September 2024.

Thank you for considering SARSAS for your potential counselling placement. Volunteers are integral to the services we offer victim-survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

Hours: 4 clients a week during a 6-hour block (Monday to Friday only)
Location: SARSAS offices in Bristol or Taunton
Closing date: midnight on Monday 29th of July 2024

What we can offer you

  • 4 in-person counselling/psychotherapy clients a week
  • up to 2 hours of supervision a month (depending on course requirements)
  • monthly line management with the Counselling Manager / Counselling Coordinator
  • access to our in-house training on working with sexual violence
  • mandatory training on safeguarding, Health & Safety and GDPR
  • a supportive, caring and friendly working environment.

About you

  • You will be a counselling or psychotherapy student in your second or third year of training.
  • Your training will be accredited by a UK professional body such as BACP, HCPC, UKPC, and NCS.
  • You will have an understanding of how rape and sexual abuse may impact our clients or previous experience working with victim-survivors of sexual violence.
  • You will have experience working or volunteering within health care, mental health, domestic abuse, or substance misuse settings, or equivalent experience elsewhere.
  • You will have a knowledge of safeguarding legislation and experience in following organisational safeguarding processes.
  • It will also be useful for you to have had your own personal therapy.
  • You will ideally have had experience of clinical supervision – group, peer or individual.

We ask for a commitment of at least one year in placement.

We are holding two online information sessions via Teams, for anyone interested in finding out more:

1) Thursday 11th July 10:00 – 11:00
Meeting ID: 381 985 009 553 Passcode: qg24jk

2) Tuesday 16th July 13:00 – 14:00
Meeting ID: 360 668 595 698 Passcode: kbHzfq


SARSAS exists to relieve the trauma and distress and help rebuild the lives of survivors who live in Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and BANES, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives. We campaign and educate to raise awareness and bring an end to sexual violence. Partnership work with a variety of agencies locally and nationally is a priority to enable social change.

Our work is guided by a trauma-informed approach that understands how traumatic experiences can impact on survivors and keeps an awareness of the effects of trauma at the forefront of our approach to support.

We work to feminist principles: this underpins both what our service is and how it is run. Our work is guided by a trauma-informed approach that understands how traumatic experiences can impact victim-survivors and keeps an awareness of their effects at the forefront of our approach to support.

Watch our 2021 GSK Impact Awards Winners video for a taster of the work we do.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion

At SARSAS we strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. We want to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates diverse voices. We actively encourage people with protected characteristics to apply.

We are committed to taking an inclusive approach to recruitment and selection whilst ensuring there is no discrimination in our processes and that our team and prospective employees are treated fairly, with respect and without bias. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can be made to accommodate additional requirements. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

All placement students must undertake an enhanced DBS check.

How to apply

Download and read the full role description

Download and complete the application form

Return your completed application to

Closing date: midnight on Monday 29th of July 2024

Interview dates: From Wednesday 28th of August to Friday 5th of September. Please ensure you are available for an interview on these dates.

If you have any questions, contact to email

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